The US State Department issued a travel alert Friday cautioning its citizens worldwide of the "continued potential" for al-Qaeda and groups allied with the terrorist network to mount attacks, dpa reported.
"The Department of State alerts US citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula," the government said.
"Current information suggests that al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August."
The alert, which is a short-term caution about "significant risks" to US citizens, expires August 31. The State Department issues information about longer-term dangers and instabilities as travel warnings.